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NDMC issues notice to DU, asks to pay up Rs 76 crore property tax in 15 days

North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) has demanded over Rs 76 crore as property tax from Delhi university for its buildings in North Campus. In a notice sent to the registrar of Delhi university, NDMC has asked the university to pay the tax within 15 days.

According to corporation officials,  the tax is outstanding from 1988 to 2004. ‘We have assessed the property tax for all the buildings in North Campus owned by Delhi university. The colleges will soon be served separate notices,’ said M S A Khan, assessor and collector of NDMC. The notice  was issued on 11 January 2013.  ‘In the past the university used to pay the property tax. Around Rs 3 crore was paid as property tax a decade ago,’ said a senior officer.

‘Our legal cell is examining the notice and we will reply as per provisions of the law,’ said Alka Sharma, registrar of Delhi university. Sharma, however, claimed that Delhi university never paid any property tax to the corporation.

‘The property tax is the right of municipal corporation and we will fight for it. The notices are being issued to all government properties in our jurisdiction,’ said Khan.

Property tax is the main source of revenue for local civic bodies. According to an estimate of the corporation,  hardly one third of over 50 lakh properties pay property tax in Delhi.
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